` 30,608cr cost overruns in state irrigation projects: CAG
MUMBAI: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) criticised the state government for cost overruns of Rs30,608 crore in its 426 irrigation projects and the substandard work done by the departments concerned.
The CAG report for 2011-12, tabled in the legislature on the last day of the budget session on Thursday, revealed that some projects that were started more than 40 years ago — in 1967, 1976 and 1979 — are incomplete despite huge cost revisions.
The CAG has put initial budget costs of projects undertaken by the water resources department and statutory irrigation boards (which came into existence in 1995-96) together till March 31, 2012, and mentioned cumulative actual expenditure on 426 projects.
In a scathing observation, the report said the recurrence of irregularities in projects, despite being pointed out in earlier audits, indicated that the depart- ment was not serious about executing and monitoring projects. The report comes at a time when the Congress-led government is facing criticism for insignificant growth in irrigation sector even after spending a significant amount of money over four decades.